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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen GTD
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    The Waiting Is The Hardest Part Back in 2010, we attended the launch for the sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTD, an event set on the scenic roads of the cult car's natural habitat – southern Bavarian curving two-lanes complete with shocking views of the majestic Alps. We've now returned ...

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    Review: 2013 Airstream Interstate 3500 EXT
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    LA To The Grand Canyon In The Mercedes-Benz Of RVs Piloting an 8,500-pound motorized house down the highway is far from my idea of fun, yet inexplicably, I'm enjoying myself. My grin has nothing to do with my camper's handling, as this heavily accoutered Mercedes-Benz Sprinter drives like a ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray [w/video]
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    Seventh Time's A Charm Nobody likes to wait - especially for one of the most highly anticipated all-new sports cars on the planet. But the world waited five years for the details. It was back in 2008 when rumors about a future all-new C7 Corvette first started swirling. However, it wasn't ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Fiat 500L Living [w/video]
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    Turning The World's Largest Fiat Into A Larger Three-Row MPV We've explored every offering of the Fiat 500 family meant for the United States, plus all of the Abarth variations. But the 500 now also comes super-sized; we recently attended a drive of the larger 2014 Fiat 500L people-mover and its ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Jaguar XFR-S
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    Why Ask Questions When You Already Know The Answer? "Is it fast?" We get that question a lot. Several times a month, in fact, and it comes from every corner of our lives – friends, family, complete strangers and even colleagues from time to time. And it's an understandable query. After ...

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    First Drive: 2015 BMW i8 Prototype
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    M Meets Edison The real telling moment for the new BMW i division will be seeing how the recently tested 2014 i3 sells in its various markets, since that is the car that changes how we perceive our expectations of the brand. But this 2015 BMW i8 green supercar has all the earmarks of a slam-dunk ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Infiniti Q50
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    Avoiding An Identity Crisis... For Now Infiniti is a brand that has been quietly undergoing major upheaval – and not just with the numbers and letters on its trunklids. Back in December, Nissan's premium brand rankled fans and pundits by announcing it would redo its alphanumeric ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 [w/video]
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    The Bearable Lightness Of Being Start with a standard Porsche 911 Carrera and its 350-horsepower, 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder engine. Bore a crepe-thin slice of aluminum from each cylinder to get to 3.8 liters, add a wider track out back and two extra exhaust pipes and voila, you can append an S ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Hyundai Equus
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    A Lesson In How To Out-Lexus The LS I think that the new BMW 4 Series is an attractive coupe. The design is a little bit on the wrong side of "fussy" I'll grant you, and I don't particularly care for the look of the scalloped, black-bordered vents on the fender sides – functional though ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Toyota Tundra
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    Raising A White Flag To The Competition We all benefit from highly competitive battles. In the automotive sector, few campaigns are so closely fought as the decades-long struggle for supremacy in the fullsize half-ton pickup truck segment. The Ford F-150 has dominated for ages, but Chevrolet, ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Buick LaCrosse
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    A Nice, New Buick Aims For Middle Of The Road Any time someone describes some portion of a car or a driving experience as being "nice," I want to either A) throttle them or B) run as fast and as far as I can from that vehicle. "Nice" is among the most insidious words in the English language ...

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    First Drive: 2014 BMW 4 Series
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    Because Four Is Greater Than Three Say what you will about the name 4 Series, there is a method to BMW's madness. On one hand, it's easy enough to just buy into the logic that odd numbers are reserved for sedans and wagons, and that even numbers are reserved for coupes and convertibles. On the ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV [w/video]
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    Side Effects May Include Grinning and Tire Chirping For anyone who has yet to experience the joys of indoor go-karting, you're missing out. Electric karts race around the inside of former big-box retail establishments, warehouses and the like delivering more excitement than you typically get ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Audi RS7 [w/video]
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    Stunning Sportback Gets The Performance To Match Saying the 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback is not as good as the not-for-North-America Audi RS6 Avant we recently tested is a bit like saying one more strip of crispy bacon would make our Waffle House All-Star Special breakfast even more special. The RS7 ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class [w/video]
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    Technology Meets Magic In The New Standard Bearer If you're like us, you've been eagerly awaiting this car for the better part of 10 years. No, not the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class specifically, but rather the technology underneath it. Perhaps you remember the Bose active suspension system? Yes, ...

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    First Drive: 2014 BMW i3
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    A Purer Than Ever Sort Of Driving Pleasure This all started back in 2007 when the megacity urbanization trend hit full stride and BMW began brainstorming the 2020 future of mobility. The product was thus originally called the BMW MegaCity vehicle. Then the 'i' division of BMW was officially born ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Mazda3
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    The Cure For The Common Corolla I hate the Toyota Corolla. I'm not talking about the new 2014 model; I can't yet judge a car I haven't driven. I'm referring to the current, old-as-dirt sedan. As an appliance, I get why people buy it, but it represents everything that I, as a car enthusiast, ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
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    Porsche's Performance Plug-in Preamble By the end of this year, Porsche will be producing as many plug-in vehicles (two) as mainstream automakers such as Toyota, Chevrolet and Honda. Before the 2015 918 Spyder hybrid supercar goes on sale in the US, though, it will be warming its customers up to ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport [w/video]
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    A Split Personality Makes For The Best Range Rover Yet Tough as it no doubt was to engineer the new-for-2013 Land Rover Range Rover, I'm willing to bet that the company's engineers sweated a little harder over the launch of this 2014 Range Rover Sport. After all, the Sport is Land Rover's ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Nissan Versa Note
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    Incredible Value Has Trouble Winning Hearts How important is vehicle sticker price? How imperative is fuel economy? What about passenger room and technology? Nissan is hoping that consumers find all four objective measurements significant, because the all-new 2014 Versa Note excels in each of ...

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